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Scientific report 2020 of the Lymphoma Working Party (LWP)

Major achievements

The LWP is an open and informal group of physicians, data-managers, statisticians, and nurses interested in lymphoma and cellular therapies. We invite any scientists, in particular younger colleagues entering the field, to join the LWP and help to fulfill our mission.

A major goal of this year’s work was and probably will be in future years to assess the impact of CAR T-cells (CART) and other cellular and non-cellular therapies on the treatment landscape of lymphoma and the integration of these modalities into   classical transplantation. While the more traditional work on classical transplant therapies continues (documented by the papers listed below) our main effort lies now on planning and executing of new projects in the aforementioned area. To be successful, a strong co-operation with other EBMT Working Parties is needed; in particular, the LWP`s expertise in contributing to the GoCART coalition is recognized and developing. Educational initiative was always an important part of the work of the LWP.

In 2020, the Corona-pandemic negatively impacted on all the LWP activities; COVID-19 was prohibitive detrimental to all LWP activities relying on intensive personal interaction. Consequently, we had to postpone the annual LWP educational course to 2021. We also decided against a virtual educational course as we felt that the lively, interactive and stimulating atmosphere of this event could not be achieved in a virtual meeting.

Principal research studies

  1. Allogeneic Transplantation in Double (Triple) - Hit Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma: a retrospective study of the EBMT-Lymphoma Working Party. (PI.: P. Berning) .
  2. Allogeneic and autologous transplantation in NK/ T-cell lymphoma (in cooperation with Chinese and Korean investigators) A retrospective analysis of transplant outcomes in the era of new and targeted therapies (PI: B. Friedrichs)
  3. Recent results of autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplantation in patients with first relapse or refractory to first-line therapy. (PI: B. Glass)

Impact factor_(Lymphoma)

  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Oral presentations 6 3 8 8 7 1
Poster presentations 4 5 8 9 4 8
International educational events 4 6 3 1 1 0